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July Friends and family: Happy Birthday! You are special!

Joie de vivre* (joy of living) is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit. Is July taking its toll on your joie de vivre, Gentle Reader? Forcing you indoors … Continue reading

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If Lord and Lady Grantham Had a Flash Chill Pitcher

I was sitting in the garden this morning feeling sorry for the crowd at Downton Abbey because they did not know the joys of owning a Takeya Flash Chill pitcher. Just imagine how improved their lives would have been had … Continue reading

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“June is bustin’ out all over . . .”

Are you happy that June is here? As I write, local school bus drivers are making their last runs for twelve exciting weeks of summer time fun. How it turns out will take some planning on your part. I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Mrs. Teabody’s Up-to-the-Minute Loose Tea List

You are cordially invited to stroll through our flavorful list: Loose Black Teas All American Cupcake: Black tea, chocolate bits, sprinkles and coconut come together to give you a delectable cupcake in your cuppa. Across the Universe: Black Ceylon tea … Continue reading

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Update your friendships

Is it safe to crawl out of hibernation? With the dizzying yellows of forsythia and daffodils and the promise of pink in magnolias and redbud all around, I must answer, “Definitely!” Here at Tickle Your Fancy, we are filling the … Continue reading

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All you ever need to know to get the perfect brew!

Here’s how to get a great cup of tea. Bring more than enough water to a boil in a non-reactive water kettle. Use good tasting water. The better tasting your water, the better tasting your tea. The best water is … Continue reading

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Teas the Season

Downtown McConnellsburg has taken on a decidedly holiday appearance with many shops and homes draped in greens and lights. Only those with the hardest of hearts can help feeling proud when looking at the Fulton House or the town square. … Continue reading

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Fall Forward

This overcast-turned-rainy day asked me to pull out a big tea gun this afternoon and breaking open Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon seemed a great idea. I am enjoying this flavorful cuppa right now and the aroma is definitely leaning … Continue reading

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The Joys of Rooibos

Rooibos (Anglicized pronunciation: roy-bos means”red bush” and is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa’s fynbos. The leaves are used to make an herbal tea called Rooibos, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), or simply … Continue reading

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Bigger, Badder and Blissfully in Order

It’s an idea that started brewing at least a year ago: The ridiculously comfortable wrought iron chairs were taking up too much wall space. The ever-expanding tea list was reaching an extreme level of complexity. What could any reasonable tea … Continue reading

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